The pros and cons of Ravens keeping 3 quarterbacks
The argument for keeping three quarterbacks:
If the Ravens don’t keep Robert Griffin III, it is a huge vote of confidence for Jackson. That’s good, but the attention it will create is not. All season long everyone remotely involved with the franchise will be asked if their is a quarterback controversy. Forget every interception, every Flacco incomplete pass will get the crowd ready for Jackson. The buzz around Jackson is something the Ravens have never experienced. They may not know how to deal with it. If the Ravens keep just two quarterbacks, Griffin III is gone. If the Ravens keep just two quarterbacks that becomes the top story all year long.
Jackson isn’t ready to be the guy yet. It is clear in the preseason play that he needs more time to develop. He has impressed with his physical attributes and his raw ability, but he still needs work as a passer. If Jackson goes out on the field, when everything counts, and he isn’t ready, bad habits could form. Jackson is either going to be the biggest deal to come to Baltimore sports in a generation or a frustrating moment of hope that was all for nothing. This moment is too important, Jackson has too much positive potential to be allowed to become spoiled goods. Jackson needs time.
Griffin III has played well in the preseason. He has been efficient and he hasn’t made mistakes. Steady play from an experienced player sounds alright for a backup. Griffin III has had success and failure and he is making an honest comeback effort into the football world. He doesn’t deserve to get cut. On top of that the benefit of keeping Griffin III, outweighs the cost. Keeping three quarterbacks is going to be bad news for a bubble player, but that player on the edge of a roster spot and being cut, isn’t going to give the Ravens the peace of mind that three quarterbacks will.